Bactrian Silver Tetradrachm of King Agathokles - LC.054 - For Sale

Bactrian Silver Tetradrachm of King Agathokles - LC.054
Price: $7325.00
Obverse: Head of Agathokles Crowned with a Diadem Reverse: Nude Zeus Advancing Left Holding Aegis and Thunderbolt Like many of the Bactrian kings, little is know about the life of Agathokles. He is believed to have risen to the throne around 185 B.C., either alongside or following another king named Pantaleon, whom may or may not have been his brother. Agathokles is known today primarily through his extensive coinage, among which is an interesting series of “pedigree” dynasty coins that link him to Alexander the Great as well as other Bactrian kings, including the founder of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom Diodotus. Some historians have taken a critical view of these coins, suggesting that Agathokles might have been an usurper eager to establish links to legitimate rulers in order to prop up his authority. Agathokles also issued a series of bilingual coins with inscriptions either in Brahmi, Greek, or Kharoshthi and various symbols representing the Buddhist and Hindu faiths, demonstrating the extent to which early Greco- Bactrian rulers went in order to accommodate the cultures of the natives whose lands they dominated. Origin: Afghanistan Circa: 185 BC to 170 BC Collection: Greek Coins Style: Bactrian Medium: Silver

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